Fruit of the Drunken Tree

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section - By In­grid Ro­jas Contreras

In the vein of Is­abel Al­lende and Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez, a mes­meris­ing de­but set against the back­drop of the dev­as­tat­ing vi­o­lence of 1990’s Colom­bia about a shel­tered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an un­likely friend­ship that threat­ens to undo them both.

The San­ti­ago fam­ily lives in a gated com­mu­nity in Bo­gotá, safe from the po­lit­i­cal up­heaval ter­ror­iz­ing the coun­try. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sis­ter Cas­san­dra en­joy care­free lives thanks to this pro­tec­tive bub­ble, but the threat of kid­nap­pings, car bombs, and ...

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